The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pie Recipe

10 Aug

Laurie is one of six children. For her, weeknight meals were mostly macaroni and cheese or tuna casserole, but holidays were a different story. Growing up, Thanksgiving was always spent with her family in Georgia. There were aunts and uncles, her whole family. One special memory was of a piecrust from her Aunt Pix. On Thanksgiving morning, she and her siblings could be found in the basement, making and rolling out crust, constantly arguing with each other about what the pie filling should be. And growing up, Laurie assumed this is how Thanksgiving would always be.

As she and her siblings grew up and started incorporating significant others into their lives, Thanksgiving no longer meant trips to Georgia and visits with aunts and uncles. Eventually, as she and her siblings married, Thanksgiving became the holiday they spent elsewhere. Even though each sibling started attending other Thanksgiving celebrations, Aunt Pix’s piecrust always traveled with them. It was the dish they volunteered to bring and it was what continued to tie them together. In recent years, they’ve started sending pictures to one another on Thanksgiving of the pie they made that year.

Aunt Pix’s Thanksgiving Pie Crust Recipe

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup crisco
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in shortening until mix is crumbly.  In a different bowl, beat vinegar, eggs and 1/2 cup of ice water.  Combine 2 mixtures, dividing with a fork until it holds together.

Divide into 6 patties; wrap each in plastic wrap.  Chill or freeze. They will keep in the fridge for 3 days and the freezer for 2-3 months.

Fillings for this piecrust have run the gamut including apple, cherry, blueberry, chocolate pecan as well as some combinations of the above like cherry apple or blueberry raspberry pie.  The crust is easy to make and always turns out deliciously.

Laurie generally finds recipes through googling, trying to throw something together with what is in the fridge, or using because that is just the recipe she has. Conversely, the piecrust is the only recipe she cooks for a purpose… to remember her childhood Thanksgiving and connect her with her family, even as they become a part of other families.


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